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A Little Bit About
History of Screwfix
The Screwfix story starts with Jon and Jenny Goddard-Watts from the West Country. They bought the Woodscrew Supply Company in 1981 and eventually added two other similar companies. Based in Yeovil Somerset they grew a reputation for selling quality products at good value prices. The early success and the basis for Screwfix’s future can be put down to the enthusiasm and passion shown by Mr and Mrs Goddard-Watts. At this time they were just a business selling screws. These days they are famed for a comprehensive catalogue of tools and DIY fittings but this started out as a single page mail order “catalogue” dedicated to the humble screw. Trade was brisk and the businesses were combined to create Screwfix Direct. The first Screwfix Direct catalogue came out in 1992 and growth continued.
Jon and Jenny Goddard-Watts two sons James and Mark became partners in the business bringing their own skills of logistics software and customer service links with the building trade. David Cox was also brought on board as chief executive in 1996 to add some professional management skills to the company. New purpose built premises were acquired for the growth and a move ensued to a Yeovil business park.
The business was eventually sold to the Kingfisher Group who also owned B&Q in July 1999 for £60million. In 2003 Mark Goddard-Watts established a similar company to Screwfix called Toolstation. This went on to be a big success and was sold to the building merchants Travis Perkins who own Wickes. The sale took part over two periods in 2008 and 2013 for £18million and £24million respectively. Screwfix is now the biggest multi channel retailer of hardware, trade tools and accessories in the UK.
Its basically an account card with your details and order history stored making it even quicker to shop. You will also be notified of any regular sale items, discounts and promotions taking place at Screwfix. It comes in the form of key fob or card which can be scanned at the till.
Catalogues can be picked up at your local Screw Fix depot or requested for delivery on the website. It’s a pleasure to read for builders and DIY wizards. Chock full of over 16,000 branded power tools, fixings, screws, plus plumbing and electrical supplies.
They offer gift cards from £10 to £250 that can be redeem in store not online. These come in the form of eGift Card sent by email or traditional gift cards sent by post or email. A perfect last minute present that can be used to purchase tools and fixtures from the UK’s top trade catalogue. The recipient can buy tools from great range of brands like Makita cordless drills, Milwaukee Combi drill impact drivers or even a DeWalt Li-Ion XR Brushless Combi Drill. These are top rated tools for every trade that any dryer will be excited to own.
Screwfix are the kings of click and collect its an efficient service designed to make shopping quicker and easier. Ordering can be done online in store or even with the highly rated Screwfix app for the regular screw fix shopper. You can check stock in your local store that can be collected in minutes.
Launched in 2013 it’s a registered charity with a focus on helping local and national causes in need of fixing, repairing and maintaining. In particular improvements of community based facilities.